This Frankfort, Kentucky Wedding Looks Like a European Fairy Tale Thanks to the Gorgeous Castle & Key Distillery

Natalie and Jason’s wedding day at Castle & Key Distillery was essentially an enchanting fairytale in the middle of Kentucky! The award-winning gardens, onsite castle, and distillery were not only gorgeous backdrops, but they set the tone for the entire celebration. Everything felt old-world but with a modern, romantic twist! The floral arrangements designed by Wild Roots Farmer Florist were whimsical and natural and the elegant details White Cat Weddings & Events rounded out the enchanted look. The show-stopping moment of the day, though, happened during the couple’s first look, during which the groom surprised the bride with a musical twist on the classic love note reading. Our hearts can hardly take all the sweetness Sarah E Dunn Photo and Design captured throughout this entire day!

The Couple:

Natalie and Jason

The Wedding:

Castle & Key Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky

We were planning on writing each other letters to read before the first look. Little did I know that Jason had actually written me an original song. At the first look, before the big reveal, I was surprised to hear his guitar. When he started to sing, I burst into tears! Jason also promised to write me a new song for every anniversary.

Our wedding vibe was enchanted garden. We knew that was our theme when we toured venues and Castle & Key naturally embodied that vibe. They have award-winning gardens, a sprawling nature trail for guests to explore, and a historic castle. We also wanted our wedding to have a local Kentucky theme. From the historic bourbon distillery set among horse farms to the Ale-8 and Kentucky mules served at the reception, we wanted our guests to get a taste of the state we love so much!

We loved every minute of working with our photographer. We actually met our wedding photographer while working with her on a styled shoot, which turned into a surprise engagement (for the bride). We had worked with Sarah on several occasions since then, and we always knew we wanted her to photograph our special day. She has a natural talent for helping couples relax while they are in front of the lens, finding creative locations and scenes to shoot, and taking care of her clients. Sarah was able to capture all of the special moments of our big day without interrupting those moments!

The most important thing to us while planning our wedding was the guests’ experience. We really wanted to make sure that our friends and family had a great time celebrating with us and that it was more than just an event.

Although there is a lot to get done while planning a wedding, try not to get too stressed out and enjoy the process with one another. We had so much fun touring venues, talking about our options, and dreaming up the day together. There were definitely a lot of spreadsheets and late nights but planning the wedding can be enjoyable. Just have fun with it!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sarah E Dunn Photo and Design
Event Planning – White Cat Weddings & Events
Venue – Castle & Key Distillery
Floral Design – Wild Roots Farmer Florist
Catering – DaRae & Friends Catering, Rolling Oven, Tin Can Coffee Roasters, and Sav’s Chill
Cake – Martine’s Pastries
DJ – Kentucky Pro DJ
Live Music – Maggie Lander
Videography – Alyson Biggs Films
Hair and Makeup Artist – the [ i k i ] movement
Wedding Dress – Pronovias from Novella Bridal Boutique
Bridal Accessories – Melanie Casey
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Lulus
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rentals – Bryant’s Rent-All, Canvas Event Furniture, and Mr. Linen
Signage – Lace & Sage and Lynn Imaging


Congratulations to Natalie and Jason, and a special thanks to Sarah E Dunn Photo and Design for sharing this incredible wedding at Castle & Key Distillery! Love the idea of getting married in a distillery? You have to see this rustic Phuket destination wedding at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery!

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